CFA in the News: Canadian Ferry Association's annual conference gets underway in Halifax

News 95.7 - September 25, 2017

HALIFAX – The chief executive officer of the Canadian Ferry Association says Atlantic Canadian ferry systems set an example for the rest of the country.

The association’s annual conference got underway in Halifax on Sunday.

CEO Serge Buy says every year the conference brings together Canadian owners, operators and government officials in a different city to hear sector updates, review regulations and to look ahead to the future of ferries.

He says there are about 40 ferries in Atlantic Canada which in 2016 transported about 10 million passengers. When compared to the national rate of 53 million passengers, Buy says that’s quite an accomplishment.

“We look at our operators throughout the country,” said Buy. “In Atlantic Canada, we have fantastic operators who have been doing a great job for the regions that they serve.”

He says generally speaking the region has seen a slow increase in ferry passenger numbers over the years, which he attributes in part to the low dollar and a growing awareness of their sustainability and efficiency.

Buy says the conference will push the environmental conversation forward, looking at new ferry power options.

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